Innovation Guelph is pleased to welcome Carol Hunter and Frank Valeriote to its board of directors, effective October 3, 2016.

“I am thrilled to welcome Carol and Frank to Innovation Guelph’s leadership team. They each bring incredible experience and expertise that will help to shape IG’s existing programs and services, as well as future initiatives,” said Brian Cowan, Chair, Innovation Guelph Board of Directors.

carol-hunter-innovation-guelph Carol Hunter is an executive leader with more than 15 years experience managing and governing all aspects of organizations. Most recently, she was Executive Vice President, Member Relations and Corporate Affairs at The Co-operators, and currently serves on the board of Meridian Credit Union, Ontario’s largest credit union, and the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre. Hunter was previously Executive Director of the Canadian Co-operative Association, and contributed to the Mayor’s Advisory Council on Community Wellbeing, and the College of Business and Economics Advisory Council at the University of Guelph. She masterfully balances long-term aspirational goals of organizations with everyday execution, and has a deep understanding of corporate citizenship and social responsibility. Hunter is a Chartered Director and the 2016 recipient of the Director’s College Gil Bennett Gold Standard Award for the top graduating student.

“As a Guelph resident, I’m really pleased to be joining Innovation Guelph because of its focus on making our local businesses strong, innovative and vibrant,” said Hunter. “Businesses are part of the backbone of our community and a key to making Guelph a great place to live. I’m excited to be part of an organization that supports a variety of business types – from non-profits to private, public and cooperative enterprises.”

frank-valeriote-innovation-guelphA life-long Guelph resident, Frank Valeriote is a lawyer and community leader who most recently served for seven years as the Member of Parliament for Guelph. Active in the community for more than 35 years, he is a past board member and chair of the Guelph Wellington Business Enterprise Centre, past board member of Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis, and helped to usher in Onward Willow, one of Guelph’s vital social programs. Valeriote also participated in former mayor Karen Farbridge’s Task Force on the Economy, setting the stage for the creation of Innovation Guelph and other local initiatives. He is currently senior counsel at SmithValeriote Law Firm LLP specializing in the area of business and corporate law, wills and estates, and real estate, and has returned to several local boards and committees including the Skyline Commercial REIT and the Guelph Community Foundation.

“I welcome the opportunity to help Guelph’s innovators realize their dreams, while creating jobs and prosperity for themselves and others,” said Valeriote.

In the coming months, Hunter and Valeriote will assist Innovation Guelph with executing its strategic plan for the continued growth and success of the organization.